Blog post: Happy Equinox!: Just an idea...

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Name: Kristi
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pod
Mar 20, 2017 12:51 PM CST
You mentioned
I'm hoping to get the plastic covering up on my dog kennel greenhouse this week. First I have to figure out how to attach it. I am planning to use heavy duty clear plastic packaging tape, but I'm still a bit unsure how to get it to attach to the chain link fence panels. Plannign to experiment with this maybe later this afternoon.

and I thought I'd mention what I did on my cattle panel greenhouse. I used a heavy 6 mil UV rated plastic after the cheaper plastic shed off like snake skin. My husband suggested I attach it with hog rings using hog ring pliers. It worked quite well and fairly inexpensively. For tape to seal the seams, I found a clear 3M duct tape that was a bit pricey but still holding when every thing else faded into oblivion.

Love to read your "busy" blogs and look forward to hearing your successes!
Be content moving inch by inch because, by days end, the inches, will add up to feet and yards.

Fulfilling ambitious objectives is usually done one step at a time.
Name: Karen
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plantmanager
Mar 20, 2017 12:55 PM CST
That was a great idea to use the hog rings and tool. I'd never have thought of that. I might try a cattle panel greenhouse for Phoenix next year. Our yard is not too windy, and it would work to protect the tender plants from frosts. I mentioned this to my husband, and he says we already have the hog rings and tool to use them. He used them when he did new upholstery on a classic car interior.
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Name: Kristi
east Texas pineywoods (Zone 8a)
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Mar 20, 2017 3:35 PM CST
It helped protect the plants. I called it my plant haven. I remember opening the door on the first really frosty cold morning expecting the worst. I was greeted by a Brugmansia bloom which made the shelter smell wonderful!

This blog has my mind turning. I have too many bromeliads and had too many trees removed last summer. I need shade. I've read that in Austrailia many folks build shade houses for their bromeliads. I am mulling this one over. Whistling
Be content moving inch by inch because, by days end, the inches, will add up to feet and yards.

Fulfilling ambitious objectives is usually done one step at a time.
Name: Karen
NM (Zone 7b)
Region: New Mexico Region: Arizona Greenhouse Cactus and Succulents Adeniums Sempervivums
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plantmanager
Mar 20, 2017 5:34 PM CST
Kristi, in the old days our Phoenix yard was too cold in winter, and too hot in summer for most of my cacti I had. They froze and they burned. My husband built me a small pergola and we covered it with shade cloth. It's now been there at least 10 years, and we've never had to replace the shade cloth. The minute we had that, I had no more frozen or burned plants. Maybe you could have a handyman build you one or two? Here is a pic of it just when it was built. The shade cloth isn't even on it yet.

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Here is another view of it with the shadecloth on top. This is a fishing float that I tied using macrame a long time ago. I could actually use a few more, come to think of it! (I mean pergolas, and not fishing floats!)


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Name: Kristi
east Texas pineywoods (Zone 8a)
Dog Lover Cat Lover Bromeliad Bookworm Ponds Vegetable Grower
Tropicals Region: Texas Hummingbirder Cactus and Succulents Herbs Greenhouse
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pod
Mar 20, 2017 8:39 PM CST
That is a pretty neat idea. I have been looking at shade houses and shade cloths and.... I may just end up reconstructing my old plant shelter into a shade house. I tore it down when I got the greenhouse. Mine won't be as attractive as yours is but in the woods, no one complains Whistling
Be content moving inch by inch because, by days end, the inches, will add up to feet and yards.

Fulfilling ambitious objectives is usually done one step at a time.
Name: Karen
NM (Zone 7b)
Region: New Mexico Region: Arizona Greenhouse Cactus and Succulents Adeniums Sempervivums
Salvias Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Garden Art Plumerias Bookworm Hibiscus
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plantmanager
Mar 20, 2017 8:40 PM CST
Anything that gives plants shade, is perfect. One summer I went around planting patio umbrellas over all of my newly planted things. It looked pretty silly, but it worked well.
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Name: Liz Shaw
Gilbert, AZ (Sunset Zone 13) (Zone 9a)
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LizDTM
Mar 20, 2017 9:31 PM CST
Please tell me more about the dog kennel greenhouse! I have a huge dog kennel taking up space in my garage. Would love to put it to good use!
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